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You can lead a boat to water, but can you make it perform?

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – They built their boat with little more than sheets of plywood, screws, batteries and teamwork. For the 11 students in Dana Neill’s Advanced Placement environmental studies class at San Fernando High School, this weekend’s annual Solar Cup competition means a chance to see if natural energy will keep their hard work afloat, and if the sun’s rays will help glide their 16-foot boat to victory. “The whole mechanics of it is complicated because everything is made from scratch,” Neill said. Students were instructed to build a 16-foot shell, then figure out how best to install solar panels, batteries, electrical systems, drivetrains, propellers and rudders. “We almost blew out the electrical (system), but in the end, it gave the students an amazing sense of accomplishment,” Neill said. “It taught us about other ways to use resources,” said Andres Fuertes, the team’s skipper, who will be piloting the boat through competitions that include a 35-step boat inspection, a race through a 1.6-kilometer, asymmetrical course in a 90-minute endurance test, and a 200-meter drag race on water. The team, made up of a majority of girls, also had to compile a technical report to accompany its entry. Neill’s students are the only team within the Los Angeles Unified School District to enter the annual solar-powered boat competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and now in its fifth year. Their entry was made possible through a grant they received from the city of San Fernando. More than 800 students from 41 schools in Southern California are competing in the three-day event, which kicks off today at Lake Skinner, near Temecula. “This is truly a story of hard work, determination, teamwork and intellect,” said Solar Cup coordinator Julie Miller. “What also is inspiring is the camaraderie. Even though high school teams are competing against one another, they also will pitch in to help each other.” Winning teams will be announced on Sunday. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Experts discuss minority dropouts

first_imgMONTEREY PARK – Admitting that there’s a problem with high school dropouts in California is a good first step, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said Monday. Speaking at a workshop presented by the Latino Journal at East Los Angeles College, O’Connell said California’s graduation rate ranges from 30percent to 86 percent, depending on the formula used. “We do not know exactly what the dropout rates are in California, but I want to tell you this: they’re too high and that’s unacceptable,” he said. At a workshop titled, “Addressing The School Dropout Crisis in California,” educators, elected officials and researchers discussed dropout rates for Latino and African-American students and possible solutions. In the summer, the Sacramento-based Latino Journal will hold more workshops and a summit to discuss strategies and public policy. O’Connell said schools need to make sure all students can be problem solvers, analyze information and think critically. Even so-called blue-collar jobs now require the same level of critical thinking, reading and comprehension as white-collar jobs, according to O’Connell. It’s no longer appropriate for high schools to offer two tracks – college or non-college, he said. Instead, schools should have rigor and relevance in all classes. “We need to design programs so each student can reach his or her maximum potential,” he said. It’s OK for someone to not go to college, O’Connell said. But it’s not OK for a student to not have the option or not be prepared to be a contributing member of the global economy, he said. Adolfo Mediano, a board member of Riverside County Office of Education, said education starts at home. “We need to educate parents as to how valuable education is for their children’s welfare, for their future,” Mediano said. Susan Heredia, director at large of the Hispanic California School Boards Association, said school districts need to have a strategic goal and make sure their resources and money are going toward meeting that goal. Elected officials shouldn’t just be rubber stamping every recommendation that comes across their table, she said. They should also closely study what they’re doing and the programs they offer, she said. Sometimes, board members “need to have the courage to say that this isn’t good enough,” Heredia said. esther.chou@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

There’s a heavenly prize for day THREE of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

first_imgTo celebrate our continued success as well as the arrival of our new sister site, www.donegalwoman.ie, we’re bringing you an amazing giveaway.As an early Christmas present to our readers, we are hosting the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!Every second day from now until December 24th, we will be offering an unbelievably good prize. Our second prize was a €100 voucher for Century Cinemas and three month admission to Century Play. Congratulations to Ciaran Mclaughlin for winning the prize!Our third prize is from the award-winning, family-owned 4-star Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa outside Letterkenny.You could win a delightful One Night of Heaven, which includes dinner, B&B overnight stay and spa treatment.This package for two gives you the chance to unwind with a relaxing break and enjoy the following: An Overnight Stay in one of the Silver Tassie’s “Wild Atlantic Way” themed bedroomsA €70 voucher redeemable in the beautiful Seascape Spa3 Course table d’hote dinner in the Silver Tassie restaurantComplimentary Pass to the local “Aura Swimming Pool” in LetterkennyChoose a DVD from the complimentary DVD LibraryFull Irish Breakfast the following morningThis luxurious overnight package is available to book for €199 per couple, see below for all the details on how you can win this fabulous prize.This competition is open to all our readers, and there are multiple ways to enter. Each entry on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Email counts as one, so the more you do the more chances you have of being the lucky winner.This competition is open from 5pm today (Monday, 5th December) to 12noon Wednesday (7th December).Here’s how you can enter on all Donegal Daily and Donegal Woman platforms:Facebook: Find the competition post pinned to the top of the Donegal Daily or the Donegal Woman Facebook page.LIKE the postLIKE the Donegal Daily and the Donegal Woman Facebook pageSHARE the postTAG a friendTwitter:Visit @donegaldaily and @dglwomanRETWEET the competition tweet pinned at the top of the pageFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @dglwomanInstagram:Visit @donegaldaily or @donegalwomanLIKE ♥ the competition image for Silver Tassie Hotel & SpaFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @donegalwomanEmail:Simply send a mail to donegalcompetitions@gmail.comPut SILVER TASSIE GIVEAWAY in the subject titleTerms & conditions apply. The overnight stay is valid Sunday-Thursday and subject to availability. Good luck! There’s a heavenly prize for day THREE of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! was last modified: December 5th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Competitionsgiveawayssilver tassie hotel & spalast_img read more

GAA News: Cloughaneely lads to play on minor team in All-Ireland Quarter Final

first_imgCounty MinorsOn behalf of all at the club we would like to wish our club men Jason McGee and Michael Mulhern, the best of luck in the All-Ireland Quarter final on Saturday, July 30th, against Cork (throw in 2:00 pm)!Great to have Cloughaneely men represent the club in Croke Park!Div 2 LeagueD’imir Cloich Cheannfhaola sa bhaile in éadan Naomh Columba Dé Domhnaigh seo chaite. Bhain Cloich Cheannfhaola an dá chluiche – am fhoireann tacaíochta 0-16|0-5 agus na sinsir 1-14|1-6, buaidh a bhí de dhíth go gear. Cloughaneely played Naomh Columba at home on Sunday afternoon. Both seniors and reserves came away with a win – reserves winning 0-16|0-5 and seniors recorded a much needed 1-14|1-6 win!Cúl CampBuíochas mór do gach duine a d’eagraigh agus a bhí páirteach sa Champa Cúl an tseachtain seo chaite. Buíochas do Jason MacAoidh agus do Mhícheál Ó Maoilchiaráin a thug Coirn Sraithe agus Craoibhe Uladh go dtí an campa.Many thanks to all the coaches and organisers on another successful Cúl Camp last week! Thanks to Mary McClafferty for looking after food and refreshments! Thanks to Jason McGee and Michael Mulhern who brought in the County Minor League and Ulster Championship cups for pictures with the kids! We would also like to wish our coach Shaun McClafferty a speedy recovery! And last but not least, thank you and well done to the 70 kids who attended the camp and kept our coaches on their toes for the week!!Club LottoNumbers drawn on July 20th were 1 8 15 16 18 20! We had no match 6 winners so jackpot rises to €3,100! We had more than four match 4 winners so we drew one winner: Congratulations to Ownie&Kathleen Coyle, Ballyboes who wins €100!! Draw takes place each Wednesday evening at the Bingo in Óstan Loch Áltan. Tickets are available in various outlets throughout the parish and will be on sale prior to the Bingo each Wednesday evening. Senior LadiesWell done to the ladies team who had a great victory over Naomh Columba at the weekend.They are now scheduled to play away to Dungloe on Sunday, Aug 7th at 11:00 am. They also are scheduled to line out in the championship semi-final on Sunday August 14th at home to St Nauls at 11:00 am. Well done ladies and best of luck!Festifál – Fun in the FieldMany thanks to all those who organised and helped out during the Fun in the Field event during the festival!GAA News: Cloughaneely lads to play on minor team in All-Ireland Quarter Final was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-ireland quarter finalcloughaneely club notesCorkdonegal county teamlast_img read more

BUNCRANA MURDER: ANTI-DRUGS GANG PROMISED TO ‘KILL IN DONEGAL’

first_imgDISSIDENT death squadS which haD murdered a number of drug dealers in Derry warned it was planning to step up its campaign in Donegal.Last March donegaldaily.com reported that Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) believed dealers are using the ‘safety’ of Donegal to peddle narcotics.And we had been told they are stalking a number of dealers in Inishowen, a number of areas of east Donegal and Letterkenny. The group was set up in Derry in late 2008 and consists of former republican paramilitaries who don’t believe police are doing enough to tackle drugs dealers.It actually supports the peace process.A security source in the North told us at the time: “We have information which we believe to be correct that a number of dealers who are based in County Donegal and who are dealing both in that county and here in Derry are being targeted by RAAD.“The group has carried out a number of attacks in Donegal and we believe there will be more.” In June 2009 the gang exploded a bomb under a car in Manorcunningham and in March 2010 it put a bomb inside a so-called ‘Head Shop’ in Letterkenny. The store never re-opened.And in March last year it claimed responsibility for an attempted ‘execution’ in Muff. A motorcyle used in the incident was later found burned out at Carnamoyle.Our source said at the time: “These people have no qualms about carrying out attacks wherever and whenever suits them.“Obviously the PSNI and Gardai are working closely to monitor this threat.” BUNCRANA MURDER: ANTI-DRUGS GANG PROMISED TO ‘KILL IN DONEGAL’ was last modified: February 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal murderDRUG DEALER SHOT DEADRAADlast_img read more

Mbarara hold KCCA to goalless stalemate at Kakyeka

first_imgKCCA have failed to beat Mbarara in any of their last 4 meetings (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Mbarara City 0-0 KCCA FCKakyeka Stadium, Mbarara Wednesday, 30-01-2019MBARARA – KCCA FC just can’t defeat Mbarara City. The Kasasiros failed to beat Mbarara for the fourth consecutive game as the two sides played out a goalless draw on Wednesday at Kakyeka Stadium.In a game that had very few clear cut chances, KCCA’s Allan Kyambadde came closest to scoring, having a shot rattle the woodwork in the second half.In the beginning, both sides showed immense respect for the other with speculative efforts the only resort.The first notable chance of the game fell to Muzamir Mutyaba who shot straight at Mbarara goalie Ali Kimera after the midfielder was set up by Allan Okello on 21 minutes.Two minutes later, Mbarara Captain Hillary Mukundane was booked for a foul on Allan Kyambadde as the former SC Villa attacker ran through on goal. The resultant free-kick by Allan Okello was dealt with comfortably by Kimera.At the other end, Mbarara caught KCCA on the break and Paul Mucurezi set up Jude Semugabi who blasted over from inside the area.At the half hour mark, Ibrahim Orit tried his luck from distance but his effort was pushed out for a corner by KCCA goalie Charles Lukwago.By the sound of the first half whistle, nothing could separate the two sides as they went into the break dead-locked at 0-0.Five minutes into the second, Kyambadde lashed onto Muzamir’s loobed pass at struck a venomous shot that struck the upright in arguably the best chance of the game thus far.At the other end, Mucurezi had a chance to put Mbarara ahead but could only shoot weakly at Lukwago after he was played in by Semugabi.With 21 minutes to play, Kyambadde who was all over Mbarara’s defence wasted a golden opportunity to score the first goal of the game as he side footed Julius Poloto’s pass, out for a goal kick.Moments later, Peter Magambo blazed over after he was set up by Timothy Awamyi.With time running out, Kimera was booked for handling outside his area but the visitors could not capitalize on the resultant free-kick as it flew across goal with no one providing the telling touch.In the end, both sides had to settle for a point which leaves KCCA still top of the standings with 37 points from 15 games. For Mbarara, they are still 3rd with 29 points.The other game played on Wednesday:-Bul FC 1-0 Maroons FCComments Tags: allan kyambaddeKCCA FCMbarara CityStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguelast_img read more

Man who snatched handbag from widow is jailed for a year

first_imgA woman whose husband had just died was attacked and robbed on the first night she went out to socialise since his death.Kathleen Granaghan was walking to a charity function in Bundoran, Co Donegal, on March 12th, 2016. She had almost reached the Great Northern Hotel where the function was on when she noticed a man had come up behind her.The man pushed her in the back and then in the front and then snatched her red handbag before running off.The bag contained €220 in cash as well as bank cards.The 61-year-old woman was left terrified as it was the first time she had gone out to socialise since the death of her husband four months previously.Nathan Coughlan, aged 21, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to robbery.The victim had described her attacker on the night and Garda Lar Nicholson suspected it was Coughlan.He called to his home at Armada Cottages in Bundoran but he was wearing different clothing than the victim had claimed.However, Gardai then arranged for Ms Granaghan to later drive around the town and she managed to pick out Coughlan walking the streets in Bundoran.The court was told that the handbag was later found stuffed into an oil tank but it as soaked with oil and the €220 in cash was missing.A victim impact statement on behalf of Ms Granaghan was read into the court.She said that identifying her attacker as a very frightening experience.She also said she was terrified that because Coughlan had her bank card, he knew where she lived and he may come to her house and rob her or keep her quiet.Coughlan gave evidence in the case and apologised to his victim.“I’m sorry for what happened. I was going through a bad time in my life – I have never done anything like that before and will never do anything like that again,” he said.The court heard that Coughlan, a father of one, had a number of previous convictions for various offenses including robbery, making hoax calls and traffic.Judge John Aylmer said that Coughlan had moved up to a new quantum level with this offense.He sentenced him to 12 months in prison and ordered that €300 bail money lodged by Coughlan be given to Ms Granaghan.Man who snatched handbag from widow is jailed for a year was last modified: December 6th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bagcourtdonegalsnatchlast_img read more

Brexit poses challenge of a lifetime to Marine sector – Pat the Cope

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has challenged the Government’s current state of readiness within the Marine sector for Brexit.He said the sector is the ‘poor relation’ when it comes to preparations for a post-Brexit context, as opposed to other sectors.“Yet, it is without doubt that the Irish Marine sector potentially has the most to lose if Brexit comes unstuck through present negotiations,” Deputy Gallagher said. “The Irish fish fleet depends greatly on access to UK and Scottish waters in catching their respective stocks.” The Fianna Fáil TD is calling on the Minister for the Marine and the Government to immediately summon a meeting of the entire Marine sector to deal specifically with Brexit consequences for the entire industry. “I request that the meeting focus on the potential chaos for the sector, the mayhem which will result in terms of access to UK and Scottish waters, potential for conflict at sea over fishing rights, even the threatened blockages of ports notwithstanding the massive destruction that will befall the Irish Fisheries Sector in a crash-out Brexit scenario. “Presently, with the continued uncertainty, the routine fishing patterns have already been disrupted due to fear of not knowing what is to happen in the near future,” added Pat the Cope. He said that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine must act immediately and bring all seafood and Marine stakeholders together to set in place a forum specifically focused on Brexit.“The months ahead will be without doubt the greatest challenges to face the Irish Marine sector in our lifetimes,” concluded Pat the Cope.Brexit poses challenge of a lifetime to Marine sector – Pat the Cope was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BrexitMarinelast_img read more

Intact Biomolecules Claimed to Be 350 Million Years Old

first_img(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The oldest recovered biomolecules have been found in crinoid fossils – but are they really that old?A trio of Ohio State researchers, publishing in Geology, described intact biological molecules in crinoids they found in Carboniferous strata in Ohio.  Rather than question the ability of fossils to maintain biological molecules for 350 million years, they used the evidence as support for evolution:Results suggest that the preservation of diagnostic organic molecules is much more common that previously realized, and that preserved organic molecules may provide an independent method to unravel phylogenetic relationships among echinoderms and, perhaps, other fossilized organisms.The press release from Ohio State shows the crinoids (sea lilies) in situ in the rock, clearly distinguishable by color.  Analysis of the material in the colored specimens suggests that the molecules are quinones, used by the animals for coloration or as toxins to deter predators.“When a crinoid dies, the tissue will start to decay, but calcite will precipitate into the pores, and calcite is stable over geologic time,” the article claimed.  “Thus, organic matter may become sealed whole within the rock.”  The researchers did not watch the organic matter for that long, though, to see if it is empirically true, nor did they explain how the pores would remain sealed through hundreds of millions of years of asteroid strikes, earthquakes, and other catastrophes.It’s uncanny how these people never ever question the time scale.  They can’t.  It would be their undoing.  “Geologic time” must remain a Law of the Misdeeds and Perversions that cannot be altered.  An earth even one third or one fourth as old as claimed would lead to the collapse of the quaint Victorian myth they hold so dear.  But when miracles of time and chance multiply in the evolutionary scenario, it becomes indistinguishable from any other human-concocted creation myth.  Creation accounts with an Eyewitness are vastly superior.  Do you know of more than one?last_img read more

The Best Practices for Color Grading Commercials

first_imgWhen it comes to color grading commercials, there are some universal principles that apply to just about every project.Photos from Blackmagic DesignColor grading is an art form that can take years to master. I have been doing it professionally for four years now and I’m still learning new techniques every day and developing my skill set as much as I ever have. This is largely thanks to the fact that I now work on such a wide variety of projects that all call for such different looks. But with all that I have learned over the years, some of the most important lessons have come from color grading commercials.Oddly enough, commercials often require the most amount of color grading even if the source footage looks beautiful to begin with. To put this in perspective, consider what would be required to color grade a feature length narrative film.Often there is a short timeline (maybe a few weeks) to color grade hundreds or thousands of shots, and artistically there is a lot of freedom in terms of where things can go. This means that in many cases the rules are easier to break when coloring a feature (within reason)  and each shot gets less attention than a commercial, since there are so many other shots that you need to get to.Commercials are the exact opposite. A 30 second commercial may only consist of a dozen or so shots, but can still take a couple of days to grade. This is because: A) Commercial budgets can usually afford more time in the color suite, and B) More specific grading often needs to be done.So when you break down how much time is actually being spent on any given shot, a commercial project will always have a much greater number than a feature film. Commercials can be one of the hardest types of projects to grade for this reason, and in order to achieve great results, you need to be aware of some key fundamentals.So for those out there that do a lot of commercial work, the tips below are for you. Please know that there are of course exceptions to every rule, and these tips certainly do not apply to every single commercial. That said, they will be relevant for the majority of commercial spots you might be working on.1. It’s All in the MidtonesAs far as color is concerned, commercials are all about the midtones. This is especially true of commercials that feature talent and aren’t simply a montage of product shots. In a narrative film, it’s perfectly okay (or in some cases even encouraged) to place mid tones/skin tones in a unique place.For instance, you might be creating a really moody scene and want your actor’s faces to be underexposed, and you might achieve that by bringing down your midtones significantly… But on a commercial project you would almost never do this.Commercials almost always benefit most from accurate, neutral, and pleasing midtones that are a touch on the bright side. Since the talent in any given commercial is essentially there to sell a product (even if the commercial isn’t pitchy), their appearance needs to be inviting and attractive, and the first step in achieving that look is by color correcting the mid tones in a way that brings up your talent’s skin to an optimal point.2. Use Power WindowsMost commercial projects use far more power windows than their feature film counterparts. This isn’t because the commercials need to be more stylized (more on that below), but rather because details are extremely important in any commercial project.For example, the color of a can of soda might need to be keyed and windowed to match exactly with the actual color approved by the brand or agency. Also, certain elements of people, products, or environments may need to be highlighted or brought down in order to draw the viewer’s attention to the right place.There is so little time to tell a story in a commercial, and the format is so highly visual that every last detail and shot becomes very important. Power windows are one of the best tools that you can use to achieve these results, but you always want to make sure to use them within reason. You don’t want your final product to look like it has windows all over it… It needs to look and feel natural, and just accentuate the most important parts of the frame without getting distracting.Here’s a video from F-Stop Academy that covers working with power windows. 3. Never over-stylizeMany amateur colorists that come from an independent film background make the mistake of over-stylizing their commercial grades. This is often because they are so used to working with directors (possibly on genre films) that ask them to go really extreme with their grading, that they are almost programmed to push things really far in the color suite. In reality, most commercial projects need more color correction than color grading. In other words, a well-shot commercial should look great out of the can, and might not need a heavy look on it.Usually just applying a LUT, balancing your shots, and matching everything gets you most of the way there. Once your power windows are added, you are probably 90% finished. At the very end, you might want to add just a touch of a look (warmer, cooler, etc.). Once again, there are cases where you need to break this rule, but more often than not, neutral and accurate works best for commercials.Want some more color grading tips from PremiumBeat? Here you go:Key Differences Between DaVinci Resolve and Magic BulletTips for Coloring Talking Head Interviews in DaVinci ResolveDaVinci Resolve Tip: Emulating Photoshop’s VibranceGot any coloring tips to share with the community? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more